Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The Continental Assembly of Formation of Francophone Africa (Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Togo-Ghana-Benin) has now become a tradition. After Nairobi in 2000, Cotonou in 2002, Lomé in 2004, Cotonou in 2007, Kinshasa in 2011, Sarh in 2013, Lomé in 2014 and Cotonou in 2016, here comes the eighth Assembly of Formation of Francophone Africa held in Kinshasa, (DRC), from August 1st, to 15th, 2018, under the theme: Mission, Youth/Vocation Ministry and Formation in Africa today.
There are three members of the General Secretariat of Formation, Fr. John Baptist Opargiw, Fr. Fermo Bernasconi and Fr. Elias Sindjalim; Fr. Fidèle Katsan, Superior of the Chad Delegation and Continental coordinator of formation in French-speaking Africa, vocation promoters and formators of the pre-postulancy, Postulancy, Novitiate and Scholasticate, coming from the Delegations of Chad and the Central African Republic and from the Province of Congo. The Province of Togo-Ghana-Benin is represented only by Fr. Léonard Ndjadi, because the other four confreres could not obtain in time the Entry Visa for Congo. We note also the absence of the provincial animators of the on-going formation, who, in principle should be present.
In his words at the beginning of the Assembly, Fr. John Baptist Opargiw, explained the event in the overall context of our Institute (Process of revisitation and revision of the Rule of Life, the implementation of the last General Chapter 2015, the Assembly of Maia 2017) and of the Church (Synod of Bishops on the Youth). He defined this Assembly not as a decision-making body but as a guide for the improvement and renewal of our formation. He concluded by saying that some issues such as Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation invite us to reflect more in order to respond to the diverse challenges of formation as a holistic and ongoing process.
The Assembly experienced three moments: a moment of on-going formation on the New Technologies of Information and Communication, followed by topics related to our Comboni formation proper and concluding with the transversal theme of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. The second moment is the Subcontinental Assembly and the last is the Subcontinental Council. Slightly over twenty confreres participated in the meeting.